Ray Ferraro

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Ray Ferraro
Born (1964-08-23) August 23, 1964 (age 50)
Trail, BC, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Atlanta Thrashers
St. Louis Blues
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 88th overall, 1982
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1984–2002

Raymond Vincent Ferraro (born August 23, 1964) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current broadcaster for TSN Radio 1040 and TSN. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford Whalers (19841990), New York Islanders (1990–1995), New York Rangers (1995–1996), Los Angeles Kings (1996–1999), Atlanta Thrashers (19992002) and St. Louis Blues (2002). His nickname was the "Big Balls of Hate," coined by former Rangers teammate Glenn Healy.[1]

Biography[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Ferraro was a prolific scorer in junior hockey, including a 108-goal and 192-point season for the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Brandon Wheat Kings in 1983–84. He also was a member of the 1982–83 Portland Winter Hawks squad that won the 1983 Memorial Cup. Ferraro's teammates on the championship-winning team included Cam Neely, Mike Vernon, Brian Curran, John Kordic and other future NHLers.

In his NHL career, he scored 408 goals and 490 assists for a total of 898 points in 1,258 games spanning 18 seasons. He was named to the NHL All-Star Game in 1992, held in Philadelphia. He also had two 40-goal seasons.

Ferraro had a memorable Stanley Cup playoff run for the New York Islanders in 1993, scoring two overtime goals against the Washington Capitals as the Islanders defeated both the Capitals and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Ferraro assisted on David Volek's game- and series-winning goal during overtime of Game 7 against the Penguins. The goal advanced the Islanders to the Wales Conference Finals, which they lost to the eventual champion Montreal Canadiens. Ferraro finished that playoff season with team-leading totals in goals (13) and points (20).

Broadcasting[edit]

Ferraro retired from the NHL on August 2, 2002. He has a done work for ESPN hockey broadcasts, including work on NHL 2Night with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose, where he began working while still an active player. On that show, Ferraro was often referred to as "Chicken Parm" by Buccigross after an accident with chicken parmesan moments before going on the air. He later worked as a studio analyst for the NHL on NBC, as a colour commentator on Edmonton Oilers broadcasts on Rogers Sportsnet West and on Sportsnet's other hockey programs.

Ferraro works as a game analyst and studio analyst for the NHL on TSN. Ferraro provided colour commentary and analysis for CTV during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Since Pierre McGuire left TSN for NBC/Versus, Ferraro became the lead game analyst.

On May 5, 2014, EA Sports announced that Ferraro will be an ice level analyst for NHL 15 along play-by-play commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick and color commentator Ed "Eddie" Olczyk.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ferraro's second wife is former U.S. women's ice hockey team captain Cammi Granato, who also worked as a women's hockey analyst during NBC's 2006 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics coverage. The couple has two sons — Riley, who was born in December 2006, and Reese, born in December 2009. Ferraro also has two sons from a previous marriage to Tracey Ferraro — Matt, born in 1988, and Landon, born in 1991. Landon, a centre, was drafted second overall by the Red Deer Rebels in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft and in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (32nd overall) by the Detroit Red Wings; he was later traded from Red Deer to the Everett Silvertips, where he was named team captain. Landon made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on March 18, 2014. Matt, a former goaltender, was drafted to the WHL in 2003 by the Prince George Cougars, but has since become a financial planner.

Following the Swedish women's team upset of the U.S. at the 2006 Winter Olympic games, Ferraro publicly criticized U.S. women's coach Ben Smith for failing to bring the best U.S. players to the games, which led to the team's downfall. His comments were broadcast on MSNBC during the intermission of a men's game. This appeared to be directly related to his wife being cut in August 2005, along with other veterans in favor of younger, faster players. Some critics and fans also questioned Granato's cut from the team and cited it as a factor in the U.S. team's disappointing performance.

Ferraro currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

On April 7, 2008, Ferraro returned to ESPN to call his first ever Frozen Four and as the replacement for Barry Melrose, who left ESPN to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ferraro currently works with TSN, which he joined in 2008.[3]

Transactions[edit]

  • March 18, 2002 — Traded by the Atlanta Thrashers to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2002 fourth-round draft choice (Lane Manson).

Video games[edit]

Ferraro is the broadcaster between the benches in EA Sports' hockey video game, NHL 15.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Trail Smoke Eaters BCJHL 1 0 1 1 0
1981–82 Penticton Knights BCJHL 48 65 70 135 90
1982–83 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 50 41 49 90 39 14 14 10 24 13
1983–84 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 72 108 84 192 84 11 13 15 28 20
1984–85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 37 20 13 33 29
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 44 11 17 28 40
1985–86 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 30 47 77 57 10 3 6 9 4
1986–87 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 27 32 59 42 6 1 1 2 8
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 68 21 29 50 81 6 1 1 2 6
1988–89 Hartford Whalers NHL 80 41 35 76 86 4 2 0 2 4
1989–90 Hartford Whalers NHL 79 25 29 54 109 7 0 3 3 2
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 15 2 5 7 18
1990–91 New York Islanders NHL 61 19 16 35 52
1991–92 New York Islanders NHL 80 40 40 80 92
1992–93 Capital District Islanders AHL 1 0 2 2 2
1992–93 New York Islanders NHL 46 14 13 27 40 18 13 7 20 18
1993–94 New York Islanders NHL 82 21 32 53 83 4 1 0 1 6
1994–95 New York Islanders NHL 47 22 21 43 30
1995–96 New York Rangers NHL 65 25 29 54 82
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 4 2 6 10
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 25 21 46 112
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 40 6 9 15 42 3 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 13 18 31 59
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 19 25 44 88
2000–01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 81 29 47 76 91
2001–02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 61 8 19 27 66
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 6 4 10 8 10 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 1258 408 490 898 1288 68 21 22 43 54

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buccigross, John (2003-04-06). "Da Vinci knew all about the Stanley Cup". ESPN.com (ESPN Internet Ventures). Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  2. ^ "EA SPORTS NHL 15 Starts a New Generation of Hockey Videogames This Fall". EA Sports. May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ray Ferraro". TSN. Bell Media. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 

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